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In Memory of Beth Polgreen

Beth Yvonne Isberg was born October 27, 1927 at Laramie, Wyoming to parents: Elmer M. and Orpha G. (Brubaker) Isberg. Many happy hours of her early childhood were spent with her maternal grandparents at their cattle ranch 14 miles west of Laramie. She attended school in Laramie, graduating from High school in 1944 at age 16. She then attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie for one year studying pre Nursing as a requirement to enter Nurse’s training at The Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado. Because Children’s was a pediatric hospital, student nurses had to affiliate to hospitals that taught adult nursing for one year. Six months of the year was spent at the University of Minnesota and that is where she met her future husband, Richard W. Polgreen who was a returning WWII veteran studying Engineering.

Beth graduated from Nurse’s training in June of 1948 and on August 30, 1948 she and Richard Polgreen were married at the chapel in the Center for Continuing Education at the U of M Minneapolis campus.

To this marriage were born three boys, John, Robert, and Tom. Beth enjoyed her family and homemaking and was a stay at home mom until 1966 when she took a refresher course in Nursing and returned to Nursing on a part time basis.

The family lived in Minneapolis, and through Richard’s work at 3M company lived in Hutchinson, Minnesota; Freehold, New Jersey; Tokyo, Japan; back to Freehold, then in 1967 back to the Midwest to live in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Richard and Beth loved to travel and visited and stayed in many countries around the world. After Richard’s death in 2001, Beth continued to travel.

In her retirement years Beth enjoyed volunteering first at Hospice, then The Octagon House in Hudson then at Hudson Hospital for many years.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by her sons: John (Pam), Robert (Trish), and Tom (Mel). Seven grandchildren: David, Lydia, Dan, (and their mother Rahel), Erin, Andrew, Caitlin, and Ben. Eight great grandchildren: Kyler, Avery, Elise, Zachary, Norah, Wesley and two great granddaughters yet to be born.            

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Hudson at a later date. Due to current restrictions, a private interment will be held at Willow River Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to: O’Connell Family Funeral Home, Care of Beth Polgreen Family, 520 11th Street South, Hudson, WI 54016, to be forwarded to the family on your behalf.  Memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Hospital Foundation.


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    • To Beth’s Family,
      We were so sad to hear of Beth’s passing.
      It was a joy to live as neighbors for 26 years! Beth was always so pleasant—an initiator of neighborhood events, the “Sunshine Committee” of St. Croix Heights, and she had energy plus which was evident in all her activities. She was always so sweet, positive, and truly interested in one’s life—stopping to chat as she drove by. We are blessed to have been her neighbor and friend, and we will miss her so much!

    • Dear John, Robert, and Tom. My mom claimed that your mom was her oldest friend. That goes back a way. Your mom was a grand woman. Smart, gracious, and lovely. My deepest sympathies. Steve

    • Tom and family
      Our condolences. May your many memories lift you in the days to come.
      Deb and Zane

    • Polgreen Family, My mother spoke with Beth last week. Beth was itching to get her “wheels” back and go for lunch on Friday! What a lovely woman and dear friend, Beth is loved and will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with you.
      Shirley Schultz and Ann McLaughlin (Shirley’s daughter)